Jane E. Johnson, Ph.D.
Dept of Neuroscience
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75390-9111
A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jane E. Johnson for a self-motivated individual pursuing a career in Academia who is interested in transcription factor function, development of the nervous system, and/or cancers of neural origin.
The research in the Johnson lab is focused on vertebrate nervous system development during the transition from proliferating neural stem cells to differentiating neurons and glia. These studies involve understanding the regulation and function of the neural specific class of bHLH transcription factors. Alteration in function and expression of these factors results in disturbances of connectivity, imbalances in excitatory and inhibitory neuron formation and loss of control of neural cell number. Our goals are to uncover processes initiating neural stem/progenitor cell differentiation, and to generate new models to study the molecular control of neural differentiation and specification throughout the nervous system. To attain these goals, we generate and utilize transgenic and mutant mouse models while using biochemistry, molecular biology, and genome wide efforts in transcription factor target identity to uncover novel regulatory mechanisms controlling neural development.
A summary of our research and related publications can be found at http://www8.utsouthwestern.edu/utsw/cda/dept120915/files/150735.html
Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. degree with a strong background in one or more of the following areas: biochemistry, molecular biology, developmental biology, transcription factor biology and bioinformatics.
To apply please send by email:
1. A statement of interest explaining the reasons why the candidate is interested in the position and how the position might further the candidate’s career goals.
2. A CV.
3. Names and contact information for 3 professional references.